[font="Verdana"][/font]Deer, as everyone knows, are maybe THE most adaptable wild creature on the planet. Those deer who reside next to humans, from the suburbs to the farm areas are well acquainted with the sounds and smells of their human neighbors. In many cases what sounds like a loud noise to us, is a dinner bell to them. Combines, farmer's pickup trucks that are used to feed livestock, are many times an ATTRACTANT more than a warning. It all comes down to CONTEXT of when and where they hear the sounds, and their past experience with that sound.
I once had a place to bowhunt in the suburbs that was located right next to train tracks. Not only did the sound of the trains not bother the deer, but even the sounds of the track maintenence crews, which in addition to the usual clattering and banging also had human shouts mixed in with them. As long as the sounds stayed on the tracks they were fine and went about their business.
I was once in a duck hunting club along the Illinois River, and I can't tell you how many times we had deer walk right on the levee well within gun range of our blinds. In fact, we wondered if during the firearm deer season we should maybe just hunt from the duck blind!
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